NEWS | September 18, 2014

David Schrimmer joins UC Davis as chief of maternal-fetal medicine


David B. Schrimmer, a highly respected obstetrician and gynecologist who is expert in the management of complex pregnancies, including multiple gestations and those requiring fetal therapy, has joined the faculty of the UC Davis School of Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology as professor and chief of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

David B. Schrimmer David B. Schrimmer

Before joining UC Davis, Schrimmer was professor of obstetrics and gynecology at UC San Diego, where he was founding director of the UCSD Fetal Surgery Program, which treats babies in utero. He also was founding director of the UCSD Multiples Program for women with multiple pregnancies.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to create a new division here for women with both straightforward and more complex pregnancies and providing a range of services with highly expert physicians, from conception to delivery,” Schrimmer said.

Schrimmer is highly regarded for treating women carrying multiple pregnancies, including the first set of healthy, surviving sextuplets successfully delivered in California. He also is a leader in treating fetuses with complex anomalies.

One such anomaly is called twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome, which occurs when blood passes unequally between identical twins that share a placenta, so that one twin receives too much blood and the other too little. Schrimmer is an expert in complex procedures such as laser therapy for the condition.

He also is a leader in caring for women carrying fetuses with other complex conditions, such as congenital diaphragmatic hernia and gastroschisis, an opening in the abdominal wall of the fetus that can permit the contents of the abdomen to herniate into the surrounding amniotic fluid.

Schrimmer said that every woman's pregnancy, whether complicated or not, deserves the highest level of care.

"Although I am trained in the most sophisticated techniques, my hope for my patients is that I do as little as possible,” he said. “A gentle nudge back to health often is better than the most complex intervention.”

“Collectively, we try to do as little as possible, while never losing sight of our mutual goal of health. And, if things happen along the way, my patients can rest more easily knowing that they will be informed of every development, and will have the ultimate say in the path we take,” Schrimmer said.

Schrimmer is a founding member of the University of California Fetal Therapy Consortium, a statewide collaboration of all five of the fetal treatment programs at University of California campuses with medical centers at Davis, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Irvine and San Diego.

“The power of this new consortium is that it allows the best and the brightest doctors that a patient could possibly want from throughout the University of California to come together and work side-by-side to collaborate on maternal-fetal medicine cases,” Schrimmer said. “It’s a game-changer, both for how we serve our patients as well as for advancing our subspecialty for the good of all women.”

Schrimmer is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and the Association of Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics. He received his medical doctorate from the University of Southern California, where he also performed his residency and fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the 2014 Medical Student Education Award from the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics.

Schrimmer will receive an annual base salary of $199,700. Additional information about his compensation is available upon request.

The UC Davis School of Medicine is among the nation's leading medical schools, recognized for its research and primary-care programs. The school offers fully accredited master's degree programs in public health and in informatics, and its combined M.D.-Ph.D. program is training the next generation of physician-scientists to conduct high-impact research and translate discoveries into better clinical care. Along with being a recognized leader in medical research, the school is committed to serving underserved communities and advancing rural health. For more information, visit UC Davis School of Medicine at